Just a Boy Waiting for a Home: Part 2

This is part 2 of Just a Boy Waiting for a Home. Check out part 1 if you haven’t read it.

Inspired by his memory, when I returned home, I told the staff to move him into foster care while I looked for a home and

his new family. This little boy, so helpless, was never far from my thoughts over the course of the next couple of weeks.

Luckily I quickly found him a family, a family willing to adopt an older child. My heart was filled with joy when this family accepted him as their referral. One of my best days was when I informed the foreign staff that he had a new prospective family and please begin the adoption process in Congo.

As the months have marched past, I have received update photos that demonstrated a miraculous change in this child. We

see this change of all the children who are taken out of the orphanage and placed into foster care while they wait for their adoption to be completed. The change in appearance is a result of one on one care, proper nutrition and medical care. It was rewarding to see photos of a thin boy with no home, slowly change to a boy who realizes he will soon have a forever family. To a boy who added weight to his skeletal frame. To a boy who once had hopelessness in his eyes, but now peers at the camera all smiles.

I am grateful to this family, they probably do not know how much. My heart is singing at the fact that he has now come home and has left behind a dark past in Congo to begin a new life in the US with his new family. He will have a life not only with his basic necessities being met, but he now has a future and an opportunity for a full life. But most importantly he now has a family, happiness and love.

This boy will probably never know how much he affected my life. His journey is now complete. My satisfaction is in knowing that I made a difference in the life of this child, this child that so touched my heart.

Sonja Brown works as the International Program Director for MLJ Adoptionsā€™ programs in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti and Samoa. Sonja is also proud to work directly with our Individualized Country Program families who are adopting from countries where no adoption service providers currently operate.